DEXTER – Mindset is everything when preparing for a Northern Maine championship.
“Freshman year I saw the seniors they went into that game (2016 Class D North title game) knowing that it was going to be tough game knowing and probably knowing that they were going to lose,” Dexter football quarterback, Logan Perkins, said.
Three years later after being shut out by MCI in the 2016 Class D North title game, Logan Perkins, has learned a lot.
“Me being a senior now having another crack at it and believing that we can beat Bucksport the whole team believes that,” Perkins added.
Belief can only carry you so far. Dexter is going up against a juggernaut in Bucksport. A Golden Bucks team that’s given up less than 40 points this year and beat Dexter 43-7.
“They’re big and physical. It’s been a terrible week weather wise but were getting as much done as we can we’ll be outside somewhere tomorrow,” Dexter head coach, Andrew Shorey, said.
The Tigers will line up across the Golden Bucks on Friday. For a championship, and for their brother.
“Our seniors continue to bring, Matt Simpson was a player here a few years ago and passed away they continue to bring down his jersey with us to the game fields and wherever we go,” Shorey said.
Simpson was diagnosed with cancer during his senior season and never returned to the field. His memory continues to live on and guide the Tigers.
“Knowing that every play could be your last play keep pushing and he didn’t know,” Perkins said.
Friday’s Class D North championship has been moved to 6 p.m. at Hampden Academy due to poor field conditions.